Why do International Students choose UCOL Te Pūkenga?
1. Over 100 years of excellence in education
Established in 1892 to meet the skills required by New Zealand businesses, UCOL Te Pūkenga has provided over 100 years of excellence in education. Our diverse portfolio of programmes vary from postgraduate qualifications to degrees, diplomas, and certificates and cover a wide range of research areas that have the potential to positively impact our
communities and beyond
International graduates have rated UCOL Te Pūkenga highly on many factors including having a welcoming and friendly attitude towards international students, feeling part of a student community, expert lecturers, quality programme content, work experience while studying, and many more (2019 International Student Barometer survey, Education New Zealand).
“In my opinion, if you want to study in New Zealand, UCOL Te Pūkenga is the best option to enhance your academic skills.” - Nikhil Rana (India), Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management
2. Easy access & located in central New Zealand
UCOL Te Pūkenga has campuses in the central New Zealand locations of Manawatū, Whanganui, Wairarapa and Horowhenua. International students choose to study at our
campuses where we offer a full range of rewarding degree, postgraduate and English language study options.
“It is the best polytechnic. In a beautiful city and in the heart of the city. All the facilities are available here.” – Harvinder Singh Rangi (India), Graduate Diploma in Project Management.
3. Wide range of study options
UCOL Te Pūkenga is a modern institute of technology and polytechnic with specialty in Applied Engineering and Trades, Health and Sciences, and Humanities and Business. The UCOL Te Pūkenga programmes
are employer-centred and ever-evolving to meet the economic and social needs of our communities.
“Lots of courses and well qualified staff” – Sumit Verma (India), Graduate Diploma in Operations and Production Management
4. Strong industry connections
partner with local businesses
to provide work experience for many of our students studying diplomas, degrees and postgraduate programmes to help an organisation meet their staffing needs, solve a problem or advance a project.
5. Award-winning staff
The UCOL Te Pūkenga staff are passionate and dedicated to helping students succeed so they can make a difference wherever they work in the world.
“Lecturers are really helpful and environment is peaceful” – Ashish Devkota (India), Graduate Diploma in Project Management
6. Putting students first
The UCOL Te Pūkenga environments have been designed to enhance student learning, supported by
a relationships-based teaching approach
that provides successful classroom experiences and imparts valuable life skills.
7. All round student experience
The UCOL Te Pūkenga student experience goes far beyond the classrooms at UCOL Te Pūkenga. Our International Student Support Staff
will help make your journey at UCOL Te Pūkenga unforgettable.
“I also made really good friends there who are now like family here in New Zealand” – Ankita Sigdel (Nepal), National Diploma in Science
See how UCOL Te Pūkenga celebrates its different cultures at our annual Flavour of Cultures event:
8. A safe, welcoming & cost effective place to live
New Zealand is the second most peaceful nation on earth in the
2022 Global Peace Index
. In Palmerston North international students are warmly welcomed.
Free buses for UCOL Te Pūkenga students in Manawatū and Whanganui and affordable accommodation at all our campuses, make UCOL Te Pūkenga a cost effective place to study. To find out how the cost of living in New Zealand compares with your country, see
New Zealand Now
“Friendly Lecturers and environment” – Nithin Krishna (India), Graduate Diploma in Information and Communications Technology
9. High-tech facilities
Students are immersed in a practical learning environment, with innovative technology and a range of specialised equipment that often surpass industry standards, including the Regional Trades and Technology Centre.
“The same technology that is used at Weta [Workshop] is what I have been taught” -
Ryan Serrano (Phillippines), Computer Graphic Design
10. Successful alumni across the globe
The UCOL Te Pūkenga growing
network of alumni
fosters collaboration and exchange with UCOL Te Pūkenga graduates around the world.
11. Study in NZ for a world-class education
Choose New Zealand for a world-class education with globally recognised qualifications and real-world skills to prepare you for the future. According to the global report
The Worldwide Educating for the Future Index Report 2019
New Zealand is ranked 3rd out of 35 economies for instilling future skills.
12. International Accreditation